India offers you a host of exciting destinations for summer time travel, where you can enjoy seeing the beautiful sights in captivatingly cool and pleasant weather.
Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir
One of the most popular tourist attractions in India, Srinagar is famous for its timeless natural beauty and enchanting ‘Shikara’ or houseboat rides in the picturesque Dal Lake. You can buy traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and soft Pashmina shawls.
Shimla – Himachal Pradesh
Popularly called ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ in North India, Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2,205 metres, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful scenery, apple orchards and dense forests, and was the summer capital of the British when they ruled India.
Ladakh – Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh is the highest inhabited region of India and famous for its dramatic landscape and Buddhist heritage. If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, head straight for this fabulous destination which is the preferred choice for white water rafting.
Manali – Himachal Pradesh
Situated 1,950 metres above sea level, Manali is a popular tourist destination and offers panoramic views of snow capped mountains and lush flora and fauna, and is the place for lovers of skiing, paragliding, fishing and river rafting.
Nainital – Uttaranchal
This picturesque hill station is located in the foothills of the Kumaon region in Uttaranchal. You certainly will surrender to the green forests and deep valleys of this beautiful destination, which was the summer retreat of the British.
Darjeeling – West Bengal
At an altitude of 2,050 metres above sea level, Darjeeling is the preferred summer travel destination of international tourists for its scenic beauty and unparalleled view of the snow-clad Himalayas. You can stay at some of the tea estates for a unique holiday experience.
Mussoorie – Uttaranchal
Situated at a height of 1,880 metres above sea level, this quaint hill station rests at the foothills of the Himalayas. Popularly called ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie will charm you with its scenic beauty and enchanting views of the Doon Valley. A thrilling ropeway ride to Gunn Hill, the highest peak of Mussoorie will leave you mesmerized.
Shillong – Meghalaya
Often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong lies at an altitude of 1,496 metres and offers an enriching travel experience. Several spectacular waterfalls, an Orchidarium featuring flowers of different types and the interesting Butterfly Museum are some tourist attractions.
Coonoor – Tamil Nadu
Blessed with abundant flora and fauna, this quaint hill station will charm you with its scenic beauty. Located in the Nilgiri mountain ranges, Coonoor is 1,800 metres above sea level and is popular with tourists seeking solitude and a relaxing holiday. The amazing toy train ride in the midst of tea plantations promises to be a lifetime experience.
Gangtok – Sikkim
At 1,437 metres above sea level, Gangtok is a popular travel destination and provides the international tourist with challengingly enjoyable opportunities in mountaineering, rafting and trekking, and the weather extremely pleasant in summer.
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